One of the biggest (and least crowded) gems in itself is the region of Finnmark, stretching all the way to 71 degrees north. I was lucky to experience life in the outskirts of Europe when I did my Workaway stay in the small village of Gamvik, and still regret that I didn’t went further east to explore the Norwegian-Russian border area around Kirkenes. Therefore I was all the more excited when I was contacted by Prityazhenie, asking if I’d be interested in writing a post about the region and specifically about Pasvik Nature Reserve - a national park that actually stretches over areas of Norway, Russia and Finland, and apparently is a heaven for bird watchers! If you’d like to really explore the wilderness of Northern Norway, Pasvik Nature Reserve seems to be perfect place. Here’s why:*
Hamburg is my favourite city in Germany and I've been there 7 times already! Needless to say that at this point, I've seen all the main sights and museums, so when I visited the city last time, I made it my goal to explore what Hamburg has to offer off the beaten path!Here are thus, 5 hidden gems in and around Hamburg that should totally be on your itinerary if you visit the city and would like to roam where the locals are!
A couple of weeks ago, I visited Hamburg* for the (if I'm not mistaken) 7th time. I've always loved the city but it was only on this trip, that I really got to know more about the city and its past! Of course, I 'd like to share my newly-gained knowledge with you, so here are 15 fun facts about Hamburg you definitely didn't know before - unless you've been to Hamburg 7 times as well! 😉
Berlin is an odd mix of German and Soviet influences, with some neighbourhoods being more Turkish or Arabic. Did you know, however, that you can also enjoy the Scandi feeling in Berlin? After all, the city is located just a quick flight from Stockholm, Oslo and co.!So when visiting Berlin this past December, I made it my mission to find more Scandi influences in the city and found 8 hangouts you will definitely enjoy if you're into Scandinavia and the Nordics!
The Harz Mountains of Lower Saxony combine thick forests and snowy mountains with quaint medieval towns, picturesque half-timbered buildings and narrow alleyways. I’ve already been to the towns of Braunlage, Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Bad Harzburg, though this Christmas, I got the chance to explore beautiful Goslar for a day as well!
One of the many reasons why I fell in love with Dublin is definitely all the amazing food I got to eat there! And while I certainly visited a fair share of nice restaurants and pubs during my 9-day stay in the city, I know someone who is lucky enough to live there: Welcome Tais from Nyr Dagur Blog!I teamed up with Tais to write the ultimate foodie guide to Dublin with all of her favourite places to eat (the local's perspective) and all of my favourite places (the tourist's perspective).
It's no secret that I absolutely fell in love with Ireland on my trip at Christmas and there are so many secret and not so secret gems I've discovered. From walking the Royal Canal Way at Boxing Day to learning all about the Titanic in Belfast. I also enjoy all the food we got to eat in Dublin but I don't have to tell you that the pub culture is big in Ireland, right?!Instead I'd like to present 5 places that I think should absolutely be on your itinerary when you visit Ireland!
It shouldn't really come as a surprise to you but Ireland is an incredibly beautiful country! It was never really on my radar though. Scotland and the Shetland Islands - yes, for sure! London obviously. But Ireland? For some reason to me, Ireland always came second to what the UK offers. That is until this Christmas when we discovered ridiculously cheap flight deals (which let's be honest, happens rarely if you travel from Tromso) to Dublin and simply thought "why not"?!
Instead of boring you with a 2016 recap, I want to at least fill you in on Simon's and my trip to the Emerald Isle this Christmas. It was the first time for the both of us to spend Christmas abroad and away from our families and while it wasn't quite as festive in 13 degrees and sunshine, it certainly felt incredible to take walks at the beach with the sun shining in our faces.
Happy Travel Tuesday! Anyone busy writing finals? I've already finished two and have only one more yet to write. So no travelling for me right now but in 3 weeks I'm finally heading to Scandinavia again! The good thing about home exams is that you can write them in bed in winter and on the balcony in summer and you can take pauses to read and write blogposts in between. So that's what I'll be doing now.
Welcome to another Travel Tuesday! If you read my Sunday post, you already know that I went to the Harz Mountains a couple of weeks ago. It was my mum's birthday and my familiy usually does a trip somewhere around that time. We originally planned on visiting Berlin but then decided to visit the Harz Mountains and go hiking instead. I'm really glad we did that!
Last week I told you that I climbed took the lift to the top of St. Peter's Church in the Old Town. The church is right opposite of the Museum of Occupation and in the heart of Riga - you can't miss it! Our tour guide told us that you can get to the Church's top and as soon as our guided walk was over, I headed over there. You have to pay an entrance fee (I think I payed 5€) and the usual waiting time at the lift is 10min.
Last week I told you about my mini-cruise to Latvia and my experience onboard. This week it's about my time off-board, namely in the city of Riga. That is to say facts and loads of pictures of Riga today and my opinion of and experiences in Riga, as well as pictures of the city from above and at the water next week.
I wanted to go on a mini-cruise whilst staying in Stockholm just because it's so easy to explore the Baltics and Finland from there. Every day there is a departure from Stockholm to Helsinki, Tallin, Riga and the Aland isles. And the mini-cruises all depart on for example Friday evening, arrive at the destination around 10am the following morning and depart again in the evening so that you arrive again in Stockholm on for example Sunday by 10 or 11am.
A journey to Scotland is not complete without a trip to the Highlands. I spent a day there and it was a hell of a journey. I booked my trip with Highland Experience and went on the Multi-Lingual Highland Adventure Tour. We were greeted at 8am on a Saturday morning by a real Highlander (in kilt of course) who first told us that the journey consisted of 500km, most of which on treacherous roads, that we had to complete in 12 hours time.
Edinburgh has many really old graveyards, churches, abbeys, ruins, cobble-stoned streets and alleyways and you can get the impression that the city is haunted which probably also comes from all those ghost stories and ghost tours that take place in the city every evening which also lead you into the city's underground.
Edinburgh is the city of stunning views! With the two extinct volcanoes Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill situated right in the city centre, you don't have to walk far to admire views of the city from above!I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of days in the city and stayed at Cairn Hotel which is just a stone's throw from Calton Hill, so I enjoyed a couple of stunning sunsets admiring Edinburgh from above. But see for yourself!
Edinburgh has a few royal sights: the Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia. I've visited all of them and am still fascinated. I mean I've visited places the Queen has been or still is using, where she eats, where she once slept..... I've seen the dining room in Holyrood Palace where she sits and eats with the world's most important politicians (and she doesn't sit at the end of the table as I always thought but in the middle to make conversation easier).
Edinburgh is the city of contrast. Old Town vs. New Town / traditional vs. modern / Scottish vs. International. On the one hand it is the Scottish Capital. The Scottish Parliament and Government are situated there and you can thus find a lot of traditional Scottish heritage. What I also loved about Edinburgh is its architecture. Edinburgh often is described as the Athens of the North and I can totally relate to that. You find monuments there that you would expect in Greece but not in Scotland.